Date: 29th June 2020 at 12:15pm
Written by: Peter Graham

Celtic have been ruled out as potential suitors for Scotland international Ryan Fraser after The Scottish Sun revealed a major stumbling block in the deal.

Fraser is one of a few players in England who have not extended their contracts to play out the final games of 2019/20 with the former Aberdeen winger said to be attracting a host of top names.

As a result, Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth boss has refused to pick Fraser in the games leading up to the expiration of his current deal, with the diminutive Scot now looking for his next club ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Parkhead side had been installed as favourites to land Fraser, however, as The Sun reports, there is a large problem connected to the deal – the player’s salary demands – with a rumoured six-figure weekly salary said be the amount required to secure his signature.

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The 26-year old has been linked with both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal recently, which gives an indication of the spending power Neil Lennon would be competing with if he was to follow up his interest in the player with a contract offer.

Unsurprisingly, this instantly rules out Celtic who, arguably, already have better players available in the positions that £15million rated Fraser is capable of playing in with Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham all available in similar attacking roles.

With 16 goals and 29 assists in his time at Bournemouth, he has certainly been a valuable contributor in maintaining the south coast side’s Premier League status, however, given the astronomical figures required and the quality of what he already has at his disposal, the Hoops gaffer will be bettered served spending his money elsewhere.